And several committee members in their questioning made reference to "when" Wray is head of the agency. At times slightly awkward, the performance demanded fully four and a half hours.
The conversation took place on February 14, according to Comey's memos ‒ the day after Flynn was fired over misleading Vice President Mike Pence about contacts he had with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.
Wray says he does not support torture and says "I have no recollection of ever reviewing, much less providing input or comments or blessing, approval", of memos on the subject.
"I would be pleased to do what I can to support him in his mission", Wray added of Mueller's investigation.
The FBI is astonishingly white.
This did not quite satisfy senators on either side of the aisle.
Wray was asked how he would respond if the president talked about engaging in unethical behavior.
CNN reports Mueller will review Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with the Russian lawyer, and emails about that meeting and information promised. Should Trump Jr have taken the meeting, Graham asked? Trump Jr.'s email is the most damning evidence to date for those alleging the Trump campaign engaged in illegal activity, although it does not, in and of itself, prove that a crime was committed. If I got a call from somebody saying the Russian government wants to help Lindsey Graham get reelected, they have got dirt on Lindsey Graham's opponent, should I take that meeting?
But Wray also said he had no reason to doubt the intelligence community's conclusions that Russia interfered with the 2016 elections.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, said the next director "must be a leader who has integrity and strength to withstand any attempts at political interference".
Wray represented Gov. Chris Christie when he was interviewed by the FBI as part of the Bridgegate scandal.
Robert Mueller, who led the bureau before Comey, has been appointed as a special counsel leading the investigation into potential collusion, Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice by Trump in relation to the probe.
While the 50-year-old Wray is a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding, he's spent almost half of his career in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Wray at times sought to distance himself from Comey, who was widely criticized for publicly announcing that Hillary Clinton shouldn't face criminal charges for her use of a private email server. And he said he "sure as heck" would not offer a pledge of loyalty to the president.
Graham credited the former federal prosecutor with sufficiently answering his question.